Sunday, April 24, 2016

NAFL Signs MOU with Dubai Trade on Certified Training Courses to Promote Long-term Synergy

Under the new MOU, the NAFL and Dubai Trade can avail training courses at discounted rates and extend benefits to members by conducting advanced Professional programs.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Sunday, April 24th 2016 [ME NewsWire]

The National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL) and Dubai Trade recently signed a memorandum of understanding signifying cooperation in terms of training on their two main courses - Certified Customs Broker- CCB and CTLP – Certified Logistics & Trade Professional. Members of both NAFL and Dubai Trade will benefit from this partnership by getting discounts on courses. Present at the ceremony were members of NAFL and Dubai Trade, led by Eng. Mahmood Al Bastaki, Board Member & CEO of Dubai Trade and Ms. Nadia Abdul Aziz, President of NAFL. The MOU seeks to synergize the activities and initiatives of both parties to promote the development of the UAE freight and logistics industry through Professional training and raising Industry standards.

Another highlight of the event was the revelation of Dubai Trade’s  Instant Online Smart Service of Cargo Insurance. The web portal is the biggest online portal for freight forwarding available 24x7 with instant services. This alliance between NAFL and Dubai Trade reinforces drive Dubai’s economy, Tourism, Transport, and Trade. NAFL also strives to integrate smart services for their members through e-learning-smart classes and by venturing with reputed vendors from the industry.

The National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL) was founded since over 24 years ago in February 1992 under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum, to bring in one body all the major players in the UAE freight forwarding, logistics and shipping industry.

Ms. Nadia Abdul Aziz, who is the first Emirati woman to be elected for the position of the president, emphasizes that NAFL’s strategies are in line with Dubai Plan 2021’s vision of making Dubai a pivotal hub in the global economy and a pioneering and excellent government. Innovation, cohesive community, smart services, happy people/members are all part of NAFL’s value and she aims to lead the freight forwarding and logistics community in raising the industry performance standard within the region as well as worldwide.

 NAFL is the first and only national association from an Arabian Gulf country to join and be a member of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) representing UAE, in association with FIATA, the NAFL advocates international logistics-centered conferences for their learning and networking opportunities.

NAFL mandate is to add value to their members by facilitating training programs and networking activities that will enhance not only business performance, but also maintain UAE’s pre-eminence in the international freight and transportation fields, by conducting training at NAFL training center in association with the government and private entities, mainly focusing on Freight/cargo/international trade/documentations/customs/air cargo/sea cargo/land transport Insurance/Dangerous goods handling (for air cargo/sea cargo…etc.) along with other classes of sales/finance/management/leadership, innovation, courses, and all NAFL certifications are recognized by FIATA and KHDA authority in UAE.

In addition, NAFL represented by Ms. Nadia in the annual meeting of FIATA Headquarter in Zurich to start e-learning in supply chain and logistics, accordingly NAFL will be the first GCC  with an e-learning center for FIATA in the region. H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoom wants us to be the leading smart happy cohesive city for all nationalities and we are following his guidance in our organization.

Eng. Al Bastaki said, “We at Dubai Trade, the single window for trade and logistics e-Services aiming to facilitate the movement of cargo in the emirate and to ease the logistics processes, hence we are delighted to collaborate with NAFL as a leader entity in the industry and looking forward to welcome its members, who are also the significant users of our e-Services, to our professional programs to get a comprehensive understanding of supply chain, customs procedures, and giving them the necessary knowledge to facilitate their daily business in addition of being internationally certified upon completion of the course”.

Ms. Nadia Abdul Aziz, Chairperson of NAFL said, “It’s our privilege to sign this MOU with Dubai Trade the biggest digital gate of Freight to recognize NAFL as the official Training center of Freight and Logistics in UAE, I’m honored to represent the freight forwarding industry and confident to promote our vision of becoming a collective voice of the UAE’s logistics industry that sets the benchmark for best practices. Especially the new MOU will enable us to strengthen our expertise and create value for members of the industry. As president of the NAFL, I will continue to advocate programs and activities of the Group that would encourage a much-needed venue for our local freight forwarders and logistics professionals to network and link up with their regional as well as international counterparts, which would hopefully bring about more pioneering projects that would again inspire great stories to tell about our country and the freight forwarding and logistics industries.”

She also emphasized that NAFL fosters corporate social responsibility as one of an essential company cultures and giving back to the community is at the heart of their profession, also added NAFL increasing the investment opportunities that available in the UAE especially the opportunities related to cargo/shipping and supply chain logistics/transport, as the UAE and Dubai are considered the top logistics/business destination globally.

She added “we are partners with all major UAE government offices related to the industry such as the Dubai Trade, Dubai Chamber, Abu Dhabi Chamber, DP World, Dubai Airport, Abu Dhabi Airport, JAFZA, RTA, Dubai Smart GOV., Government of Dubai, Dubai Customs, Chambers of Commerce, DED, to serve our country in the highest manner and increase the number of UAE nationals in this field by creating training and offering job opportunities to our members, I have an initiative which is to give freight training complimentary to UAE nationals to encourage them in this field as it’s very important to our economy and there is a lack of UAE nationals trained in this area.

The esteemed board members include seasoned professionals with more than 20 to 43 years of freight experience. The board members head various subcommittees to solve industry problems and raise standards at NAFL and they are as follows: Madhu M - Chairman - Legal Issues, Ibrahim Abu Zayed - Chairman - Land Transport Subcommittee, Kashif Rafiq - Chairman - Sea Transport, Irina Kryuchkova- Air freight Subcommittee , Praveen Chandrasen and Majid S. Barzanji - Chairman Air and Sea/Air Transport all the board  come from the industry with multicultural backgrounds /nationalities and own their own organizations too.


About NAFL:

The National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL) was founded in Dubai in February 1992 as mandated by the Government of Dubai to respond to the need to bring together the increasing number of freight and logistics service providers in the UAE. NAFL, previously named National Committee of Freight Forwarders (NCFF), is the first national association of freight forwarders to be established in the Arabian Gulf. Shortly after its establishment, on March 31, 1992, NAFL achieved another feat by becoming the first and only national association from an Arabian Gulf country to join the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA). Since then, NAFL has been a staunch supporter of FIATA. From a total of 24 members at the time of its inception, NAFL has now grown more than ten-fold with a current roster of 350 members. This growth signified the important role of the NAFL to spearhead relevant training programs, which are crucial in the development of a corporation, as well as the industry.


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